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Subscriber Bulletin FEBRUARY 2016
Focus on Rural Ontario Fact Sheets

We are pleased to share the sixth set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets for 2015, where we look at volunteering and philanthropy – how rural Ontarians give of their time and money to causes and organizations they believe in. The participation of volunteers strengthens the trust, solidarity and reciprocity within communities. The non-profit sector has a substantive impact on creating quality of life, health and well-being in our communities. Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets are based on Statistics Canada data and are part of a series that profile key facts and figures on rural socio-economic trends such as population change, migration patterns, income/education and employment. All Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets are available for download here.

Communities Selected
Eight rural communities across Ontario were selected as partners in the Rural Ontario Institute’s Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative – Baldwin, Centre Wellington, County of Dufferin, Huron County, Northern Bruce Peninsula, Northumberland County, Oxford County and West Carleton. Click here to read more.

Rural Municipal Councillor Profile Update
This report and this overall initiative is to bring together the demographic realities and shared experiences of municipal politics in rural Ontario as understood through the eyes of municipal leaders and municipal staff. From this common ground of understanding emerges an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue around some of the issues affecting our municipal governments. To find out more, visit: RMCP Infographic or RMCP Final Report. To join the conversation or for more information, please contact Ryan Deska, Project Lead.

ROI Blog Update

The Force is with us! Check out ROI’s new blog post about the aging populations in rural Ontario communities. Click here to read more.

Save the Dates

March 1-2, 2016

Not-For-Profit Financial Executive Forum – Presented by Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, this forum is an opportunity to gain practical organizational and leadership development insights, and network with colleagues, peers and leading industry experts. This forum offers a blend of sessions that address the tough challenges facing today's NFP executive. Click here to register.

March 11, 2016

Pulses to Sustain Production and Consumption Seminar – Presented by the Rural Studies Colloquium and the University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. This event will be held in LA Room 243 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

March 11, 2016

George Morris AgriFood Policy Lecture – The University of Guelph is hosting this inaugural lecture at Cutton Fields in Guelph, ON from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Richard Barichello from the University of British Columbia, will be speaking on the topic of the TPP: Implications for Canada’s Agriculture. Please RSVP to Debbie Harkies at Admission is free.

March 29, 2016

Moving Ahead on Rural and Community Transportation Forum – The Rural Ontario Institute in partnership with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition/HC Link and Routes Connecting Communities is hosting a forum to discuss challenges and share ideas around rural transportation. The event will take place at The Link – 20849 Dalton Road, Sutton ON from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.

April 26, 2016

Time and Priority Management with Outlook Workshop – The Rural Ontario Institute and is offering a day long productivity training workshop on Microsoft Outlook at the Marden Community Centre in Guelph, ON from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the cost of $595, you will learn how to focus on your priorities, how to communicate more effectively and how to fulfill and coordinate your commitments, all of which will contribute to a measurable increase in productivity. Lunch and refreshments included. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. More information can be found here. To register, contact Andrew Sherwood at or 289-878-7398.

September 28-30, 2016

R2R: Rural Talks to Rural – Rural innovators will gather to share success stories, examine the challenges of rural development in general and specific terms, and add tools to the toolbox that contribute to making rural communities stronger. Speakers and panelists will have demonstrated a rural commitment, will have tackled a rural issue, and will have successfully problem-solved in moving the rural story forward. Click here for more information.

October 12-15, 2016

Save the Date! The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference will be held in Guelph, ON, co-hosted by CRRF and the Rural Policy Learning Commons. More details will soon be available here.

Stay connected!

ROI subscribers are welcome to send in any upcoming events/notices that could be of interest to the rest of the community. Please send information to and it may be added to the next e-newsletter.

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